Modern architecture

Wonders of modern architecture
The Cybertecture Egg – Mumbai, India
Grand Lisbon – Macau, China
Bullring & Grand Central – Birmingham, United Kingdom
BMW Welt – Munich, Germany
MoPOP Museum (Museum of Pop Culture) – Seattle, USA
Mumbai Convention Centre – Mumbai, India
Sage Gateshead – Gateshead, United Kingdom
USAFA Cadet Chapel – Colorado, USA
Universum Bremen – Bremen, Germany
Fuji TV Building – Tokyo, Japan
30 St. Mary Axe aka The Gherkin – London, United Kingdom
Lotus Temple – Delhi, India
National Centre of the Performing Arts – Beijing, China
Banknote Building – Kaunas, Lithuania
Palais Bulles – Cannes, France
The Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín” – Canary Islands, Spain
The Seashell House – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Torre Galatea – Figueres, Spain
Curve House – Sopot, Poland
Terracotta House – Leyva, Colombia
Cathedral of Brasília – Brasilia, Brazil
Cape Romano Dome House – Florida, USA
Earth House – Lostorf, Switzerland
The Eden Project – Cornwall, United Kingdom
Chapel of the Holy Cross – Arizona, USA
Druzhba Holiday Center Hall – Yalta, Russia
Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval – Hauterives, France
Olympic Stadium – Montreal, Canada
National Library of Republic of Belarus – Minsk, Belarus
WonderWorks Pigeon Froge – Tennesse, USA
Steam World Museum – Gramado, Brazil
The Piano Building – Huainan, China
Great Mosque of Djenné – Djenné, Mali
Chang Building aka Elephant Building – Bangkok, Thailand
The Dancing House aka Fred and Ginger – Prague, Czech Republic
Kunsthaus Graz: Contemporary Art – Graz, Austria
La Tête Carrée – Nice, France
Casa do Penedo – Fafe, Portugal
Ripley’s Believe it or Not – Ontario, Canada
Snail House – Sofia, Bulgaria
House Attack – Vienna, Austria
Hằng Nga Guesthouse – Da Lat, Vietnam
Habitat 67 – Montreal, Canada
Sutyagin House – Anchangelsk, Russia
Cube House – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Heliodyssee: Grand Four Solaire of Odeillo – Odeillo, França
Flintstone House – California, USA
Robert Harvey Oshatz – Oregon, USA
Bunker House – Illinois, USA
Beijing National Stadium aka Bird’s Nest – Beijing, China

Breathtaking buildings, where architecture meets its zenith… But this is just a glimpse of architecture zenith in the World.

This post was based on the PowerPoint presentation that you can find here:

I do not know its author!

People laugh… and pay…


“Taxpayer – I would like to buy a car.
State – Very well. Please choose.
Taxpayer – I’ve already chosen. Do I have to pay something?
State – Yes. Automobile Tax (ISV) and Value Added Tax (VAT)
Taxpayer – Oh… That’s all.
State – … and a “little thing” to put it around. Stamp.
Taxpayer – Oh!…
State – … and one more thing in the gasoline necessary for the car to effectively circulate. The ISP.
Taxpayer – But… without gasoline I don’t circulate.
State – I know.
Taxpayer – … But I already pay to circulate…
State – Of course!…
Taxpayer – So… are you going to charge me for the value of the gasoline?
State – Also. But that’s VAT. The ISP is something different.
Taxpayer – Different?!
State – A lot. The ISP its because gasoline exists.
Taxpayer – … Why does it exist?!
State – Many millions of years ago, dinosaurs and coal made oil. And you pay.
Taxpayer – … That’s all?
State – Only. But don’t think you can leave the car as you wish.
Taxpayer – What do you mean?!
State – You have to pay to park it.
Taxpayer – … To park it?
State – Exactly.
Taxpayer – So, I pay to walk and I pay to be stationary?
State – No. If you really want to drive the car, you need to pay insurance.
Taxpayer – So I pay to circulate, I pay to be able to circulate and I pay for being stopped.
State – Yes. We are not here to deceive anyone. Is the car new?
Taxpayer – New?
State – It’s just that if it’s not new you have to pay inorder for us to see if its able to walk around.
Taxpayer – Pay for you to see if you can charge me?
State – Of course. Do you think this is for free? There’s just one more thing…
Taxpayer – …One more thing?
State – To drive on highways
Taxpayer – But… but I already pay road tax.
State – Yes. But this is a different road.
Taxpayer – … Different?
State – Yes. Very different. It’s just for anyone who wants to.
Taxpayer – Is that all?
State – Yes. That’s all.
Taxpayer – And is it over?
Estado – Yes. After paying the 25 euros, it’s over.
Taxpayer – What 25 euros?!
State – The 25 euros it costs to walk on the highways.
Taxpayer – But didn’t you say that the highways were only for those who wanted to?
Estado – Yes. But everyone pays the 25 euros.
Taxpayer – Which 25 euros?
Estado – The 25 euros is how much the chip costs.
Taxpayer – … How much for what?
Status – Pay the chip. To be able to pay.
Taxpayer – Don’t loo…
State – Yes. Paying costs 25 euros.
Taxpayer – Does it cost 25 euros to pay?
State – Yes. Pay 25 euros to pay.
Taxpayer – But I will not drive on the highways.
Estado – Imagine that one day you want to… you have to pay.
Taxpayer – Do I have to pay to pay because one day I might want to?
State – Exactly. You pay to pay what you might want one day.
Taxpayer – What if I don’t want to?
State – Pay a forfeit.”

The famous “Prego no Pão” dates back to the late 19th century

Why the hell do they call a loaf of meat NAIL (PREGO)?? A little popular culture to explain this to us.

The “Prego no Pão” or, in a literal translation, “Nail in the Bread”!

Who would have thought that the nail, or steak on bread, appears in Portugal at Praia das Maçãs?

“The real story is related to the name Manuel Dias Prego, one of the first inhabitants of Praia das Maçãs in the late 19th century, where he owned a tavern, Taberna do Prego. In this tavern Manuel Prego served fried veal slices or baked in tasty bread and accompanied by wine from the region.
The meat on bread quickly became a success in Praia das Maçãs and surroundings. It is said that it was in this place that José Malhoa painted his famous painting “Praia das Maçãs”. Who knows if savoring such a delicacy while painting!
Over the years, the name of the sandwich came to be commonly known as Prego, in honor of its creator, and in the beginning of the 20th century the recipe had already been copied to other places, and Prego started to be part of the menus of taverns across the country and not just in Sintra.”

Oporto: Special houses

Lesser known details of the city of Oporto. Some special houses.
Rua 31 de Janeiro
Rua 31 de Janeiro
Corner of Rua 31 de Janeiro com a Rua de St.ª Catarina
Corner of Rua 31 de Janeiro com a Rua de St.ª Catarina (detail).
Corner of Rua de St.ª Catarina and Praça da Batalha (detail).
Rua de St.ª Catarina – Café Magestic
Rua de St.ª Catarina – Café Magestic (Interior)
Rua de St.ª Catarina – Grande Hotel do Porto
Rua de St.ª Catarina
Rua de St.ª Catarina – Hotel St.ª Catarina
Rua de St.ª Catarina – Via Catarina
Rua de St.ª Catarina – Edifício Paladium
Rua Duque de Loulé
Rua Sá da Bandeira e Rua Formosa – Mercado do Bolhão
Mercado do Bolhão (detail)
Rua Sá da Bandeira
Rua Sá da Bandeira
Rua Sá da Bandeira – Café A Brasileira
Avenida dos Aliados
Rua Clube dos Fenianos – Edifício Sede dos Fenianos
Rua da Fábrica – Hotel Paris
Rua da Fábrica – Hotel Paris (detail)
Rua José Falcão
Rua dos Clérigos – Livraria Lello
Rua dos Clérigos – Livraria Lello (interior)
Rua dos Clérigos – Armazéns
Rua dos Clérigos – Armazéns (interior)
Rua Cândido dos Reis
Rua Cândido dos Reis
Rua Cândido dos Reis
Rua José Falcão
Travessa Passos Manuel
Travessa Passos Manuel
Travessa Passos Manuel
Praça Carlos Alberto
Praça do Coronel Pacheco
Praça de Mouzinho de Albuquerque
Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes
Praça de Parada Leitão
Praça de Parada Leitão
Rua Azevedo de Albuquerque – “Árvore”
Rua Dr. Barbosa de Castro – Building where Almeida Garret was born
Rua de S. Miguel
Rua do Almada – “Pestanas”
Passeio das Cardosas – Vitália
Largo do Terreiro (Ribeira)
Largo de S. Domingos
Praça Mouzinho de Albuquerque – Casa da Música
Largo do Terreiro (Ribeira)

Photos by @Ludan, taken from the PowerPoint that can be found here:

Thank you Ludan for giving us a glimpse of Oporto beauty and history!